Anderson Silva is now a citizen of the United States.

The former middleweight champion was one of thousands who participated in a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Silva’s son Kalyl and daughter Kaory also became U.S. citizens in the ceremony. Silva’s wife, Dayane, and their children Joao, Gabriel and Kauana are still going through the naturalization process.

Silva told AP this is “a great moment” for the family. The 44-year-old veteran, who lives in Los Angeles for a decade, said “everything USA (gave) for us, it’s time to give back, you know.”

“I have my family in ,” Silva said. “I have my mom and my brothers in . But I think this is my country now.”

“The Spider” (34-10, 1 no-contest) last fought in May, suffering a leg injury in the first round against Jared Cannonier at UFC 237. He’s now gone winless in seven of his last eight Octagon bouts.

Silva’s son, Gabriel, recently made his debut in amateur muay thai with a second-round TKO victory. He plans on making his professional MMA debut in 2021.